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Wheat crop burnt by crackers
Farmers vandalise 2 marriage palaces, block traffic on national highway
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
Furious farmers vandalised two marriage palaces and blocked the Ludhiana-Ferozepur national highway for nearly three hours after splinters from fire crackers, being exploded during a marriage procession, led to the burning of wheat crop on over 20 acres last night.

Taking strict action SSP Jagraon GS Toor today booked the authorities of the Shubham marriage palace for negligence that led to the fire incident. The SSP further conducted a meeting with the Commissioner of Police and promised to work in coordination with the Ludhiana city police to tackle the menace caused by marriage palaces on Ferozepur Road.

Giving strict guidelines, he has banned the bursting of crackers on the Ferozepur road and further said that strict action would be taken against the people who take out marriage processions on the highway and cause traffic problems.

“I have told the DSP, Dakha, to conduct a meeting with the marriage place owners and strictly implement the guidelines. Besides, a recovery vehicle would also be deployed near marriage palaces to tow away the wrongly parked vehicles,” said SSP.

The incident took place at 10 pm when residents of Baddowal, Hassanpur and Gahaur villages blocked the road and protested against the burning of wheat crop.

The protesting residents complained that people, who were part of the marriage possession, had burst crackers. Splinters from fire crackers fell on the wheat crop and reduced the standing crop of over 20 acres to ashes. The loss could have been more but the villagers doused the fire by pouring water.

The villagers said that they had visited the marriage places and urged the organisers to stop the bursting of crackers. This led to a heated argument between members of the marriage party and the villagers.

The villagers alleged that the members of the marriage party, who were in an inebriated condition, fired gunshots in the air to deter the former.

The rattled farmers then blocked the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road for over three hours and vandalised two marriage palaces and several vehicles.

The SSP said that the marriage palace authorities had not yet made any complaint pertaining to the vandalism and damaging of property.

“Certainly we would probe the matter if there would be any complaint pertaining to vandalism by the residents,” said the SSP.

Harrowing experience

Visiting a wedding ceremony turned out to be a harrowing experience for hundreds of residents travelling on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road to attend the marriages. Narrating the experience, Vinita Chaudhary, who was returning home after attending the marriage along with her husband and daughter, said enraged farmers holding sticks and other farming tools in their hands were protesting against marriage place owners. Some were seen banging on cars of residents who were trying to make their way through the protest. For nearly an hour, she remained stuck in the midnight traffic jam.


Man found dead under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
Panic spread at Bhattian Bet village close to the Ludhiana-Jalandhar National Highway-1 when the body of a 23-year-old youth was found lying on a vacant plot today.

The victim, Ankush Kumar, a resident of Amarpura who was working as a sales executive for a tea trader, was visiting Ladhowal on his motorcycle in connection with some work.

The incident came to light when residents of the village spotted the blood-soaked body of Ankush Kumar lying in a vacant plot near Big Bazar.

They soon informed the police about the incident. Ankush’s family members, who were searching for their ward since last night, also reached the spot.

The victim's parents said Ankush returned home after paying a visit in Jalandhar.

Later during the evening, Ankush received a call and left the house, stating that he was visiting Ladhowal in connection with some work. But the victim did not return home till midnight, following which the family reported the matter to the police.

Angry relatives of Ankush further staged a protest at civil hospital after word was spread that the police was planning to hush up the matter by making it an accidental death case.

Assistant Commissioner of police (ACP) Gurpreet Singh Walia soon reached the spot and saved the situation from taking an ugly turn.

The police registered a murder case against unidentified assailants and started the investigation.

The post-mortem of victim was conducted here this evening.

Ankush got married nearly two years ago and was father of a girl.

Meanwhile, heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the hospital. The wife and parents of the victim were inconsolable and demanded the arrest of the accused. They said that personal enmity could be the reason behind the killing.



Doctor booked in attempt to rape case
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 26
A male gynaecologist posted at the local primary health centre has been booked under Sections 376-D and 511 of the IPC for allegedly attempting to rape an expectant mother who had come for management of her intrauterine complications.

The incident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon could have remained unnoticed had the in-laws and parents of the victim not dared to lodge a complaint at the police station last evening.

Though the accused is absconding, members of his family alleged
that some doctors had tried to implicate him in a false case.

Civil Surgeon, Dr HS Bali, at Sangrur said a three-member panel of doctors had been constituted to conduct medical examination of the victim. However, report of the examination was yet to be received.

According to the complaint lodged by Gurjinder Kaur (name changed) of Ghungrana village near here, Dr Jagjit Singh, a gynaecologist posted at the primary health centre, had allegedly tried to outrage her modesty when she, along with her mother-in-law, had visited the centre on Tuesday.

SHO Davinder Singh said a case had been registered after initial investigation last evening and authorities in the health department had also been informed about the complaint.



Woman foils snatching, stabbed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
In an exemplary display of bravery, a woman foiled a snatching bid but in the process sustained stab injuries on her left arm.

The incident took place near Bijli Ghar in the Model Town area around 9 pm when two motorcycle borne youths tried to snatch the purse of Shabnam (23).

The victim, who is an employee at a local beauty parlour, said she was returning home when the two youths approached her and asked her the way towards Focal Point, to which she did not give any reply. At this, the youths went ahead, but soon returned and tried to snatch the purse of Shabnam.

She retaliated strongly and did not let the snatchers flee with the purse. This rattled the snatchers and they stabbed Shabnam on her left arm and fled from the scene. The victim raised an alarm and fell on the road. Commuters rescued her and rushed the victim to a hospital.

Soon the police reached the spot and Shabnam was taken to Civil Hospital.



State of Schools - III
Sports infrastructure amiss
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
For a majority of students in government schools, "sports" means playing in the streets. Though they study and gather information about various sports through their books, the practical aspect remains elusive in the absence of sports infrastructure.

Students studying here rely on roads and streets for playing games like cricket, football and badminton etc.

As per the state government guidelines, the sports fund in higher classes are to be collected through various funds from the students. But in a majority of the schools, there is a higher ratio of students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. With their (SC/BC students) fees being exempt by the state government, the school authorities fail to collect sufficient funds from all students. Due to this, the sports facilities being provided to the students suffer.

The funds for sports are to be generated after the primary level. Up to the primary classes, there are absolutely no facilities available for students in sports. However, some "lucky" school authorities do get indoor sports equipment from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

According to officials in the education department, the school authorities are responsibile for providing the sports infrastructure to students. Schools should provide infrastructure for at least one sport. Playground is mandatory for all the schools.

There are a number of schools like Government Primary School, Abdulapur, Government Primary/high school in Engine Shed area that do not even have sufficient place for the morning assembly.

The Education Department organises annual school games from block to state levels, but most of the time, students of some prominent schools of the city take part in those tournaments. A majority of government schools of the city do not take part in these competitions.

Ranjit Singh Malhi, District Education Officer, Primary, said, "There are seven-eight government primary schools in the city which do not have playgrounds for the students. Most of these schools are running in congested areas of the city. We cannot provide them grounds but we will provide them indoor sports equipment."



dsp murder case
‘Craving for easy money led to crime’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
The eagerness to get rich overnight led Harwinder, Umesh and Pritpal, the three accused in the double-murder case of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila, to the crime.

While their village Talwara has hardly seen any kind of development, a posh locality (Golf Link) has mushroomed close to their village. The rich of the city purchased huge farmhouses in the area and money flowed during late-night parties.

However, this did not change the social status of the trio and they kept on doing menial jobs to keep their kitchen fires burning, said a police official not wishing to be named.

The official said that the trio started with snatchings. In the beginning, they used to target young boys and girls visiting the area. After intercepting the victims, the accused used to snatch their valuables. This went on for nearly a year, with Umesh, Harwinder and Pritpal gaining in confidence. They began to target girls visiting their area along with their boyfriends.

After raping the victim, they used to snatch her valuables. The victim did not report these incidents to the police, fearing social embarrassment, said the police official who is part of the investigative team.

Profile of accused

Harwinder Singh, alias Binda, is aged only 22 and is the youngest of his three brothers. His eldest brother is an

electrician and runs his shop from Talwara village and also provides DJs for functions. His other brother works as a driver with a bank. His father was suffering from tuberculosis died when the police took him for questioning on March 18.

The second accused is Umesh Karda, also a resident of Talwara village. His family background is no different. His father works in a private company and Umesh is the eldest of his two sons. Umesh has studied till Class XII and works as a daily 
wager with a photo studio in Ludhiana.

Pritpal Singh, alias Laddu, is all of 21 years, living in a one-room house, Pritpal is the eldest of three siblings. Ever since his father died some eight months back, Pritpal has been taking care of his mother, and younger brother and sister.


The trio is not alone dreaming of becoming reach overnight. There are many youths who commit petty offences to make a quick buck. Before they realise their mistake, they reach a point of no return. The city and its vicinity have witnessed several such incidents where youngsters from periphery areas or lower strata of society have committed crime to make easy money. The trend of crime has also changed. Now the snatchers target the vulnerable. Like we have seen in the case of Moga DSP and Monica Kapila. The trio was targeting victims, who were meeting secretly. Such victims remained mum and did report the matter to the police, fearing social embarrassment. This also emboldened the trio and ultimately led to the brutal murder of the DSP and Monica.

— MF Farooqui, DIG Ludhiana Range



rti info
DEO fined for delay
Our Correspondent

Samrala, April 26
Information Commissioner, Punjab, BC Thakur has imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on the Deputy District Education Officer (Secondary), Ludhiana, for not providing some information to a complainant in the stipulated time.

He has also ordered a compensation of Rs 5,000 to be given to the complainant by the Education Department through its Secretary.

Darshan Singh Kang, a resident of Ward Number 1, Samrala, and member of the Front against Corruption, had sought some information from the office of the DEO (Secondary), Ludhiana, on August 29, 2011 through an RTI application but the office failed to deliver the required information to him in the stipulated time and he took up the matter with the Information Commissioner, Punjab.

The Commissioner has ordered the Deputy DEO-cum-PIO, Dr Charanjeet Singh, to pay Rs 2,000 fine from his salary and to remit in the treasure. He has also ordered the Education Department to compensate the complainant with the amount of 5,000 and this amount will be paid by the department through its Secretary.

The Commissioner has fixed June 20 as the next date for this case and had ordered the DEO to be present in person and to bring documents with him about the remittance of the fine and compensation as ordered by him. Besides, he has been told to bring proper information report as sought by the complainant.



LPG consumers harassed
Distributors impose self-made rules
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, April 26
Lok Sewa Club president PD Bansal, Khanna, during a meeting alleged that due to overlooking and carelessness of the food civil supply and consumer affairs department, distributors are harassing domestic LPG consumers by imposing self-made rules and are causing great inconvenience in the booking and supply of LPG cylinders.

Bansal said, “As per information under the RTI Act, no stipulated time frame has been mentioned to get the refill gas cylinder by the oil companies (Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation) and a consumer is free to refill the gas cylinder, according to the need and requirement.”

He said there was no rule to issue new LPG gas connection to domestic consumers beyond the municipal limits by urban state category distributors.

The meeting was called to look into the problems of the consumers for domestic purpose.

He said soon the matter would be brought into the notice of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and a solution should be demanded.

Earlier, a memorandum was submitted to the director of the department concerned and a request was sent to the minister concerned to look into the matter.



Mild response to commercial sites
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 26
After an overwhelming response to sale of residential plots in Dugri here earlier this month, the public auction of commercial sites and residential plots conducted by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today turned out to be a tame affair.

Out of four shop-cum-offices and 17 single storey shop sites offered for sale, only four were taken at a slight premium over the reserve price. The auction of residential plots, which followed, also met a similar fate, as only three plots, out of 14, were sold.

On offer were four SCOs and 17 single storey shops on the Jail Road near the Civil Hospital with varied floor areas at a reserve price of Rs 77,465 per square metre. While no bids were offered for the SCOs, four shops of 27.87 square metre each were sold at a premium of 1.42 per cent.

Against the floor price, the highest bid offered by a successful bidder was Rs 80,900 per square metre.

The total sale proceeds of the four shops yielded Rs 83.61 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 82,43,224.

The public auction of residential plots in Sector 39-A on the Samrala road fared no better than the commercial properties. Only three plots of different sizes were sold at a meager premium of 0.96 per cent. The highest successful bid was Rs 27,100 per square yard against the floor price of Rs 26,658 and the auction netted Rs 1,98,79,063 against the total reserve price (for three shops) of Rs 1,96,88,589.

According to GLADA estate officer Jeet Ram, just about 12 bidders participated in the auction of residential plots and commercial sites after paying the eligibility fee of Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh each, respectively.



Demolition Drive
GLADA razes 4 colonies
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 26
Under its ongoing drive against the development of unlicenced and unauthorised colonies on the periphery of the mega city, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today carried out a demolition drive against four colonies.

Internal development works, including roads, boundary walls and sewerage lines, were dismantled and electric poles were uprooted in these colonies being developed in a total area of around 35 acres in Bhamia and Tajpur villages on the Tajpur road by a team of GLADA officials.

Officials of the regulatory wing of GLADA were accompanied by the police force, which effectively intervened when some of the developers tried to put up resistance against the demolition. The defaulting colonisers were issued a stern warning to stop any further development forthwith and also discontinue the running work on the internal development projects.

GLADA Additional Chief Administrator Jaswant Singh said a regulatory action would continue against the developers of such colonies as a one-month notice given to them for initiating procedure for regularisation of unauthorised colonies had already expired. He said GLADA was committed to ensure scrupulous implementation of existing laws for regulated development while indicating that the drive against the unauthorised colonies will continue in a relentless manner.



Encroachment alleged by old couple
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
A high-drama was witnessed at Sham Singh Road area when an old couple claimed that a land mafia had usurped their land and thrown them out of their ancestral property.

The incident took place when Gurmail Singh, a retired railway employee, along with his wife squatted in front of his ancestral property and demanded action against the land mafia here today. He said while he was working in Mumbai that the land mafia had encroached upon land worth crore of rupees. In the meantime, the police initiated a probe into the incident.



Case of money siphoning
Police raid at Deep Nagar
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
Merely over a month after five family members were booked for withdrawing Rs 1.13 crore from the Punjab National Bank (PNB) account of Nirmal Baba though bogus cheques, the special team of police conducted raid at the Deep Nagar Street No 9 last night and detained four members of family including a bank employee with Rs 45 lakh disproportionate amount, five mobile phones and two laptops.

Similarly, another bank employee has been picked up from Salem Tabri area in this connection.

The raids were conducted following the arrest of a man who was caught red handed while withdrawing Rs 90,000 thorough a bogus cheque from a bank at Millar Gunj. Sources said the man confessed that a gang was operating in the city that was withdrawing money from the banks by submitting fake cheques.

He added that a few bank employees were also involved in the fraud.

However, the city police was reluctant to divulge and detail. Instead, the officials "feigned" ignorance about the raids conducted in Deep Nagar during late last night.

The DCP Ashish Choudhary said that he was busy supervising the recruitment rally of jail staff and he was not aware about any such raid.



Health department raids medical shops
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
A team of the health department today conducted a raid at chemist shops in Kochhar market area and collected only a few samples of medicines.

The team, which comprised of four drug inspectors, could not find habit-forming drugs at any of these shops.

Drug inspector Sukhbeer Chand said, “We took samples of antibiotic, anti-allergic and anti-fungal medicines from two chemist shops, including Gurmeet Medical Hall and Ajay Medical Hall. We also inspected as many as nine chemist shops but could not find habit-forming drugs in any of these shops.”

He said raid was conducted on the directions of Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta. The team included drug inspector Ekant Singh, Karuna Gupta, Perneet Kaur and Sukhbeer Chand. Only three days ago, the health department conducted a raid at the Ahuja Medical Hall in this area and seized habit-forming drugs worth Rs 10,000.

Meanwhile, Aman Ahuja, district president of Ludhiana Retail Chemists Association, appealed to all chemists not to sell habit-forming drugs.



5 medical stores raided
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 26
A team of the health department raided five medical stores in different areas today and collected samples of various medicines from at least two medical stores.

As per information, a team of the health department led by drug inspector Rooppreet Kaur conducted raids at the Rakesh Medical Hall situated in Shastri Nagar area of Jagraon this afternoon and collected three samples of medicines from the store.

Besides, the raids were also conducted at Happy Medicos at Raikot Adda, Jagraon; New Mallhi Medical Hall at Hans Kalan village near Jagraon; Punjab Medical Hall at Bhaini village near Raikot; and Khangura Medical Store at Latala village near Raikot.

Confirming the development, Rooppreet Kaur said the team had collected three samples of the medicines from Rakesh Medical Store, Jagraon, and sent it to a laboratory for examination at Chandigarh.

“If something wrong is found with these medicines, a strict action would be taken against the owner of the medical store,” she added.

According to Rooppreet, such kind of raids would continue in future also.



mc poll
DC appoints registration officials

Ludhiana, April 26
As per notification sent by the Punjab State Election Commission, election registration officials had been appointed for various wards. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari said these officials would take care of the election process for the coming municipal corporation elections.

Ward numbers 1-10 will be taken care by the SDM, Samrala. Deputy chief engineer (urban-western circle), Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, will look after the wards from 11-21. Ward numbers 22-32 will be supervised by the district development and panchayat officer, Ludhiana.

While ward numbers 33-45 will be taken care by deputy director local government, Ludhiana. The Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Ludhiana, will observe ward numbers 46-60 and Additional Chief Administrator, GLADA, will look into ward numbers 61-75, said Rahul Tiwari. — TNS



bogus Bill Scam
Home Ministry to initiate CBI inquiry soon
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
The much talked about bogus bill scam of the excise and taxation department, Punjab, will be unfolded once again. The Home Ministry may soon initiate CBI inquiry against Rs 20,000 crore bogus bill scam of the department.

In 2009-2010, bogus bills of more than Rs 20,000 crore were issued by some bogus companies in the market. During investigation, it was unearthed that traders across the state in order to claim the income tax credit (ITC) and refund had presented bogus turnovers of around Rs 20,000 crore. Nearly 60 per cent of the firms showing bogus turnover were from Ludhiana.

The Federation of Punjab Small Industries’ Associations (FOPSIA) has filed a grievance petition to the Home Ministry against the excise and taxation department of Punjab to investigate this scam and order a CBI inquiry. After considering the facts, the Home Ministry has issued a preliminary inquiry in this regard.

“The department was responsible to monitor the working of these companies because all companies were filing online returns to the department but for saving their skin, excise officials had started threatening innocent industrialists and traders for recovering that value added tax (VAT) amount. The notices were issued to thousands of traders and industrialists. Their VAT refund claims were disallowed and just for an eyewash, criminal cases were filed against few of those bogus bill traders,” said Badish K Jindal, president of FOPSIA.

While KBS Sidhu, director, (investigations), excise and taxation department, has written to Badish Jindal and demanded the facts about this scam and FOPSIA is collecting the data in this regard.


The bogus bill scam has always been surrounded by controversies. The whistle blower of the scam, Jaswinderpal Singh, a clerk working with the department, died after he met with an accident under mysterious circumstances at Sudhar. He was instrumental in preparing the files against bogus firms. Later, two ETOs who were also investigating the bogus bill scam met with an accident. The department had pointed their finger towards the bogus bill traders for these accidents with department officials.



thapar university
Discontinuation of quota disappoints students
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
Students in the city are disappointed with the news that Thapar University, Patiala, has discontinued Punjab quota. Being only one of the few premier institutes in Punjab, discontinuing of 50 per cent quota for students of the state has displeased students in the city.

“We are already lacking in institutes of the national repute in the state and now with curtains on quota is disappointing,” said Gagandeep, a pass out of the university.

Another student said without any quota for students of Punjab now, competition is going to be tough to make it to the institute. Manoj Sharma, a student of Class XII, said this had brought the bleak picture of engineering colleges in the state to the fore.

“An IIT came to the state recently and that, too, has to find its feet and build a reputation. Why we cannot have good institutes for the region, so that the government and youth doesn’t have to crib at pulling down of quotas,” complained Akashdeep Singh, another student pursuing engineering.

Harpreet, a lecturer, says the government has to have better regulation of the colleges rather than increasingly giving them autonomy. But the government should maintain good standards and infrastructure, so that the institutes do not have to demand autonomy.

Pardip Singh, another pass out, said, “Thapar University has built a brand in quality and why should it be restricted to Punjab. Currently, Punjab has so many engineering colleges in the state and the seats of these colleges remain vacant. One can imagine the kind of education being imparted at these institutions,” he said.



Follow safety guidelines to reduce casualties: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
The farm mechanisation, on one hand, has enhanced the productivity and production in agriculture, while on the other hand it has increased the number of causalities through agricultural accidents.

Expressing these views, experts of the department of farm machinery and power engineering (FMPE) of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) said presently, threshing operations of wheat crop were in progress all over Punjab. Improper handling of threshing machine can lead to serious injuries like amputation and fracture, they cautioned. Dr JS Mahal, head of FMPE, said due to negligence of operators, use of liquor/drugs, continuous working for long hours, tiredness, sleeplessness and lack or removal of safety features on threshers, multiple injuries take place.

Dr Mahal impressed upon the farmers to use safety gadgets/features and follow safety guidelines to reduce the accidents during threshing operation.

Bangalore delegates visit PAU

An eight-member team from Bangalore comprising DV Ramesh, Nafis Fathima, Dr R Prasanna Kumar, K Basavakumar, K Nagaraja, H Shivappa and BC Arvind, board of management of University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Tuesday.

In an interactive meeting, the visitors discussed various research, teaching and extension education activities of PAU along with its international linkages.

Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman explained that the PAU is observing its golden jubilee year-2012 and shared specific programmes slated for it. He also highlighted PAU outreach mechanism to farmers.



Domestic use pollutes more water than industrial
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
To avoid the water pollution, the department of home science, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), is going to introduce eco-friendly multipurpose cleaner.

According to the home scientists of PAU, a study on water pollution reveals that domestic use of water pollutes more water than that of the industrial units. Use of acid (sodium by carbonate) and synthetic cleaners for cleaning purpose cause more water pollution.

To get rid from the harmful chemicals, home science department is all set to introduce environment friendly multipurpose cleaner and phenyls. The scientists of the department claimed that these environment friendly cleaners are made from ingredients available on our kitchen shelves and harmless chemicals.

Surinder Kaur, a scientist from the department, said, "Environment pollution is the major challenge for our society now a days. We have to adopt all those techniques which are environment friendly".



Opportunities in pig farming discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
The department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education, GADVASU, organised a seminar on pig farming in Punjab.

Dr RS Sahota, director of extension education, was the chief guest of the occasion. He said there was a need for increased production and productivity of swine and pork. “As the population grows, more food is needed overall. As more consumers move into the middle income sector, they will demand more meat in their diet as compared to starch,” said experts during the seminar.

Gregory Levowa, pig expert, Polar Genetics, Canada, delivered a lecture on artificial insemination in swine in Canada. He discussed in detail about semen collection, evaluation, handling and artificial insemination technique in swine. He stressed that by adopting artificial insemination, there can be maximum utilisation of excellent germ plasm as well as fast multiplication of same and additionally the spread of various diseases such as porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome, pseudorabies, swine fever, foot and mouth disease and many more can be checked.



from schools
Cherry Lane celebrated

"Tomateenafestival"(Tomato festival) in school premises today. This festival was organised in school as a part of the red week going on in school. Children had fun smashing the tomatoes and playing with them. When they were doing this the teacher familiarised them with the concept that "tomatoes are red".

Students attend leadership camp

Three students Ryan International School, to participate in first British Council Youth Sport Leadership Camp held in New Dehli. Kanav Sharma X A, Gunjeet Singh X A and Shiv Nagpal IX B experienced this unique camp which enhanced their leadership skills through myriad activity based learning techniques, there by promoting the values of respect, fair play, equity and developing good communication skills and leadership qualities.

Calligraphy and reading competition

English and Hindi Calligraphy Competition for students of Classes I to III and English Reading Competition for students of classes IV and V was organised by Vajra Army School, Dholewal Military Complex, on Wednesday. In the calligraphy competition, the students were asked to write perfect strokes of Hindi and English alphabets. In calligraphy competition, the judges focused on precision in writing while in the reading competition the focus was on fluency and pronunciation. In both the events a lot of enthusiasm was witnessed amongst the participants. Neeru, Principal of the School besides applauding the efforts of the conducting staff and participants, emphasised that such events are essential not only to develop reading and writing skills but to unleash the potential in children. The school aims to boost confidence of all students by ensuring that every student gets an opportunity to come on stage.

Dance competition

To judge the imagination, expression and innovations of kids, a Folk and a Western Dance Competition was held in G.N.P.S Model Town Extension for the students of class IV and V respectively. Various forms of dances like Folk Dance of Punjab, Goa, Rajasthan, Maharashtra etc were presented with verve and vitality. Class V students displayed their skills on the beats of Waka Waka, Macarena and Vengaboys. Each form of dance had specific costume.

Earth Day celebrated

Students of Green Land Convent School, Sec-32, Chd Road celebrated 'Earth Day' here today. To create awareness among the masses, children displayed their presentation. Students of class I presented a song 'Mere Desh Ki Dharti'. To save the tigers from getting extinct, class II gave a presentation titled 'Save Tigers'. Another ailment which is cursing out planet is pollution.

International Career Day

To educating and informing students about the bright career prospects and the route to education abroad, an education consultant SIEC organized an International Career Day at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar here today. The event was part of, SIEC's country wide drive in broadening and opening up the horizons for Indian students. Principal GNPS Mona Singh welcomed the delegates and said that in the era of globalisation it was important to apprise the students about career options worldwide.

Group dance competition

Guru Nanak Public School, Birmi organized Group Dance Competition for classes IV and V to enhance students' technique, balance- skills, strength and flexibility. Students of Std. IV performed consummate Punjabi Folk Dances and Students of Std. V performed Western Dances. Dances were well choreographed and exhibited with utmost zeal and vigour. Students danced to the tune of folk songs with dexterity and enthralled the audience.



ludhiana scan
Officer felicitated

Ludhiana: Members of the Hindi Shikshak Sangh, Punjab, met the newly appointed District Education Officer Leela Rani on Wednesday to honour her. During the meeing, problems faced by Hindi teachers were also discussed.

Antakshari competition

Antakshari was organised at the Lakshmi Ladies Club on Wednesday. Hosted by Pammi Sidhu, four teams (named Sur, Laya, Tal and Sargam) comprising three members each participated in the game. Laya team won the first prize in the game. Saroj Bhakoo, Sonia Bansal and Deepali sang old and new Bollywood songs to win the game. Members of the club had a good time and enjoyed the game with enthusiasm.

Vocational course introduced

The Associate College of Career Training introduced a vocational certificate in bakery in partnership with Holmes College (Australia), Fashion and Textile Technology, in partnership with the Melbourne School of Fashion (Australia).



4 booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
The Salem Tabri police station has registered a case against four persons for committing fraud of making a passport by submitting wrong name. A case has been registered.

The case has been registered on the basis of the complaint filed by Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Chuharchak village, Moga. According to the complainant, he wanted to go abroad but failed to get Visa. Disheartened, Jaswinder Singh changed his name to Lovepreet Singh to get a new passport. After getting the new passport, he went to Italy.



Three held for theft

Ludhiana, April 26
With the arrest of three persons, the city police has claimed to have busted a gang of thieves and recovered stolen material worth lakhs of rupees.

The accused, identified as Sanam, alias Mukhi, Manoj Shah and Chintu, were arrested following a tip-off from Salem Tabri area. The police has recovered stolen material worth Rs 1.41 lakh and a stolen motorcycle. — TNS



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